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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter House; 2 edition (28 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089793492X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897934923
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marianne B on 15 May 2014
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This is a genuine and thoroughly researched book (with top notch scientific research projects to back up its claims). So many of these type of 'medical books' are lightweights – this one is a notable exception.

If you suspect that cortisol levels may be an issue in your case, this book provides countless solutions to improve your health. I found it to be very valuable and will follow several of its advice for the rest of my life. If I could I could rate it with more stars than 5 stars, I would!
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Psyche Out on 21 Feb. 2010
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This book has been a real find for me! I think I must have read pretty much every book ever published (well, since 1999, anyway) about metabolic disorders, their causes and how to treat them. None of them told me anything I hadn't already worked out for myself about nutrition, the endocrine system, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism and the value of a healthy lifestyle.

However, my life is stress on a stick, has been for years and I can't change that at the moment so all the mellifluous theory spouted in those books didn't help me at all. I knew part of my trouble is a dysfunctional thyroid gland but I also knew through bitter experience that merely taking thyroxine and dieting isn't the answer to weight loss or feeling better than I have been.

This book addresses its readers with the assumption that we actually have some intelligence, rather than talking to us as we're half witted. Starting from a standpoint that assumes stress is a given in all our lives, it delves much more deeply than all the other books into the background causes of metabolic dysfunction, including the effect stress has on hidden cell activity, tipping the balance of testosterone and cortisol ratios in the blood until we're merely exhausted fat-making machines instead of the vital, busy, healthy people we used to be.

It also dismisses the theory so many books support - that we need to up our exercise regime to ridiculously unmanageable levels to lose weight; in most cases, if we had the time to do two hours of bench pressing or jogging each day, we probably wouldn't be in the state we're currently in. Interestingly, the author also describes how too much exercise-based stress can work against your health and well being.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By TruthBeTold on 21 July 2010
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Ignore the American style hype in the language and look at the facts. There is some serious research here on a subject that recieved more attention in the world of sports medicine than it will ever get in the Doctor's Surgery. Why?

Because the Doctors are pumped full of adverts by pharmaceutical companies that want to sell them AntiDepressants and Tranquilizers and Statins and AntiHypertensives and various other patent medicines for Type 2 Diabetes as well. The whole nine yards of medication for Syndrome X (stressed out middle aged fat people with blood pressure and heart disease) also known as "most of the world" and at least 25% of the population of the US.

Sports Medicine however needed a way to get its Athletes who earn millions out of the downward spiral that High Intensity Workouts over a long period produce. The elevated Cortisol levels caused by extreme exercise cause syndrome x even in these very healthy individuals who eat sensilbly and do excercise which is what the Government tells you is supposed to fix Syndrome X.

This is exactly the same downward sprial as caused by stress in the modern world that leads to Syndrome X and which a sedentary lifestyle and junk food make happen so much faster in the ordinary population. But the outcome is the same for the athletes they got fatigued, had raised blood pressure, lowered insulin sensitivity etc despite the healthy lifestyle.

Where as you and I take a sicky and get some drugs from the Doctor that reduce the symptoms and find a less stressfull job this is not an option for a £50,000 a week footballer at the top of his career nor is it one his managers want so they tried to find what no drug company wants: a cure.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on 25 Mar. 2013
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This book is very informative. After being diagnosed with cushings disease I wanted to read up on the affects of raised cortisol. This book explains the right supplements to take. What you should eat and how to manage stress and very detailed description of cortisol and the complications associated with it. Would defo recommend!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexx Xavier on 3 Feb. 2013
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Great reference for those trying to balance work & nutrition. Essential reading for those struggling to manage their weight successfully.
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